|Improv:21 - The Texture of Sound: An Informance with Zeena Parkins - ROVA:Arts|
Recorded on November 28, 2007, at the Marsh, in San Francisco, Derk Richardson interviews composer and performer Zeena Parkins before a live audience, as part of Rova:Arts Improv:21 series of informances. Parkins begins with a description of her musical education, starting with her acceptance to Detroit’s famous performing arts institution, Cass Technical High School. Already an accomplished pianist with dreams of a classical concert career, Parkins suddenly found herself assigned to also lear...
Keywords: Improv:21; Zeena Parkins; Interview; Music; Electro-Acoustic; Electronic
|Alan Rich on interviewing Pierre Boulez - Other Minds|
Charles Amirkhanian interviews music critic, and former KPFA Music Department Director, Alan Rich, at his home in Los Angeles, California. In this interview, recorded on October 21, 2009, just six months before Rich’s peaceful passing on April 23, 2010, Amirkhanian asks Rich to recall the events that led to the historic, first American broadcast interview with the French avant-garde composer Pierre Boulez on KPFA in March of 1958...
Keywords: Interview; 20th Century Classical; Music; Musical Criticism
|Improv 21: Ellen Fullman: Sympathetic Resonances - ROVA:Arts|
Derk Richardson interviews composer and inventor of the Long String Instrument (LSI), Ellen Fullman, at the Red Poppy Art House, in San Francisco, on February 18, 2009, as part of the ROVA:Arts Improv 21 series of informances. Fullman describes her evolution from a visual artist to musical instrument builder, improviser, composer, and collaborator with various other avant-garde ensembles. Fullman states that her journey of musical discovery began with her impatience at learning traditional instr...
Keywords: Improv:21; ROVA; Arts; Ellen Fullman; Interview; Music; Unconventional Instruments
|Improv:21 Gino Robair = I Norton, an improv opera - ROVA: Arts|
Composer/percussionist/improviser Gino Robair gathers an improv-orchestra of 40 Bay Area improvisers to help him demonstrate his music and methods for his opera in progress called: I Norton Derk Richardson interviewed Robair at 21 Grand gallery in Oakland, on February 1, 2006. (This is Rova:Arts un-edited camera footage.)
Keywords: ROVA; Improv:21; Free Improvisation; Interview and Music; Gino Robair
|Improv:21 - Informance with Oliver Lake = Passin' Thru - ROVA:Arts|
Oliver Lake gives a crash course in his personal history and writing for many bands and performance situations. Derk Richardson interviewed the composer and sax player at San Francisco’s Thick House in October, 2005. [This is ROVA: Arts un-edited camera footage.]
Keywords: ROVA; Improv:21; Oliver Lake; Derk Richardson; Interview and Music
|Improv 21: Vinny Golia: The Large Ensemble Experience - ROVA:Arts|
Derk Richardson interviews composer, improviser, and multi-wind instrumentalist Vinny Golia, recorded at the Red Poppy Art House, in San Francisco on March 18 2009, as part of the ROVA:Arts Improv 21 series of informances. Originally a visual artist, Golia has brought his skills at pictorial composition to his ensemble pieces. A self taught musician, Golia considers his role as an outsider has enabled him to work with radical avant-garde musicians, members of the primarily African American free-...
Keywords: Improv:21; ROVA:Arts; Vinny Golia; Improvisation; Jazz; Interview; Music
|Improv:21 Carla Kihlstedt=Liberating Limits (an informance with Kihlstedt and Derk Richardson) - Rova:Arts|
On September 14, 2005, Derk Richardson interviewed singer/violinist/composer Carla Kihlstedt at The Thick House in San Francisco. Kihlstedt studied music at Oberlin where her interests expanded from the classical repertoire to more improvisational and avant-garde music. In 1997 she co-founded the group Tin Hat Trio with Rob Burger and Mark Orton, and has also played with 2 Foot Yard and Sleepytime Gorilla Museum...
Keywords: ROVA; Improv:21; Free Improvisation; Interview and Music; Carla Kihlstedt
|Other Minds Presents: Charles Amirkhanian talks with film director Frank Scheffer - Other Minds|
In a brief and informal interview, Charles Amirkhanian talks with Dutch filmmaker Frank Scheffer about his most recent film “Edgard Varèse: The One All Alone,” which had it’s U. S. premier in San Francisco on April 19, 2010, as part of a fundraiser for Other Minds. Scheffer reminisces about his first trip to San Francisco in 1980, when he was one of the few people able to interview director Francis Ford Coppola about the future of cinema...
Keywords: Other Minds; Interview; Frank Scheffer; Avant-Garde; Motion picture directors
|Improv:21 with Rova Saxophone Quartet|
Derk Richardson interviews members of the ROVA Saxophone Quartet at San Francisco’s Mission Cultural Center on June 5, 2005. They discuss the relationships of imagery to sound including the use of graphic notation in spontaneous compositions, as well as using film imagery to guide an improvisation. Konrad Steiner talks about the experimental films of Stan Brakhage, which have been used by members of ROVA as inspiration for some of their works...
Keywords: ROVA; Improv:21; Free Improvisation; Jazz; Interview and Music
|Jewel Encrusted Butterfly Wing Explosions by Robert Moran|
This is a rare video recording of Robert Moran’s groundbreaking “Jewel Encrusted Butterfly Wing Explosions” which was commissioned and performed by the Youth Chamber Orchestra of the Oakland Symphony in 1968, and aired on KQED -TV of San Francisco. During the preparation of the performance, we hear Charles Shere interview composer Robert Moran, in which he discusses the partially aleatoric score which calls on the performers to musically interpret an experimental film by Rick Paup and Jack...
Keywords: Music; Orchestral Music; New Music; Aleatory Music; Mixed Media; Interview
|Improv:21-Solo Performance - the Composer - Performers focal point: An Informance with Ned Rothenberg - ROVA:Arts|
Derk Richardson interviews New York based, master-saxophonist, Ned Rothenberg, who composes and performs on saxophones, clarinets, flute, and shakuhachi (an end blown Japanese bamboo flute). He has been internationally acclaimed for his solo music, which he has presented for the past 25 years in hundreds of concerts throughout North and South America, Europe, and Japan. In this Improv:21 event, recorded on February 15, 2006 at 21 Grand in Oakland, CA, Ned compares the dynamics of solo improvisin...
Keywords: ROVA: Improv:21: Interview and Music; Jazz; Free Improvisation; Ned Rothenberg
|Improv:21 - Plants Make Music!: An Informance with Miya Masaoka - ROVA:Arts|
Derk Richardson interviews Japanese-American koto player, composer, and performance artist Miya Masaoka during a live informance recorded on March 8, 2006 at the 21 Grand in Oakland Ca., After an aborted attempt to get the technology to work for her “Pieces for Plants”, in which electrodes pick up voltages from a number of plants, which are then used to trigger musical events, Masaoka instead performs an improvisation for koto and electronics...
Keywords: ROVA; Improv:21; Miya Masaoka; Derk Richardson; Interview and Music; Free Improvisation; Electro-Acoustic; Electronic
|Improv:21 Derk Richardson interviews Composer-Improviser Fred Frith - ROVA:Arts|
Larry Ochs of ROVA (Rova Saxophone Quartet) introduces an insightful interview of composer/improviser Fred Frith by Derk Richardson, conducted at the Dance Mission Theater in San Francisco on January 30, 2005. Frith discusses the role of improvisation in his music and the recording techniques he has used in the music studio to capture and manipulate those improvisations. He also describes his use of graphic scores, his work improvising film soundtracks, and the various tricks he has developed to...
Keywords: ROVA; Improv:21; Interview and Music; Free Improvisation; Jazz; Fred Frith
|Improv:21 = Playing the Wild: An Informance with Cheryl Leonard - ROVA:Arts|
Moderator Derk Richarson facilitates a session with composer Cheryl Leonard, who talks about her work utilizing materials from nature as musical instruments, and performs several excerpts from longer pieces with her own chamber ensemble. Amplifying everything from pine cones, pieces of driftwood, rock, sand, water, and other natural objects, Leonard composes works that are surprisingly textured and full of unusual rhythms...
Keywords: ROVA; Improv:21; Avant-Garde; Unconventional Instruments; Interview and Music; Cheryl Leonard
|Other Minds Presents: An Interview with Rhys Chatham - Other Minds|
Charles Amirkhanian interviews composer Rhys Chatham before a select audience gathered at a private residence in San Francisco on June 8, 2013. Chatham was visiting the Bay Area to attend a special preview event held on June 7, 2013 during which several of his compositions for guitar ensemble were presented, and which served as a teaser and fund raiser for the then upcoming performance of his “A Secret Rose,” a work scored for 100 guitarists...
Keywords: Other Minds; Rhys Chatham; Interview; A Secret Rose; Avant-garde; Popular music
|Improv:21 Derk Richardson interviews Nels Cline - ROVA:Arts|
Derk Richardson interviews Los Angeles based guitarist/improviser Nels Cline at the Dance Mission Theater in San Francisco on March, 26, 2005. Cline talks about his early influences, including John Coltrane, Ravi Shankar, Jimi Hendrix, and Miles Davis. As a guitar player, Cline discusses the difficulties he had in incorporating the instrument into jazz music, and his gradual discovery about the similarities between the sound of Coltrane’s tenor sax and his guitar playing...
Keywords: ROVA; Nels Cline; Improv:21; Interview and Music; Free Improvisation; Jazz
Downloads: 2,005 (2 reviews)
|Improv 21: The Chair the Fact: An Informance with Ben Goldberg - ROVA:Arts|
Derk Richardson interviews Berkeley based composer and clarinetist, Ben Goldberg, on October 30, 2006 at the San Francisco Performance Library, as part of the Improv:21 series sponsored by ROVA Arts. Originally from Denver Colorado, Goldberg moved to California to study at the University of California, Santa Cruz where he received his undergraduate degree before also obtaining a Master of Arts in Composition from Mills College...
Keywords: ROVA; Improv:21; Free Improvisation; Interview and Music; Free Improvisation; Jazz; Ben Goldberg
|Improv:21: John Lindberg: Bass Walk - ROVA:Arts|
Derk Richardson interviews composer and bassist John Lindberg, recorded at the Red Poppy Art House in San Francisco on November 14, 2009, as part of the ROVA:Arts Improv 21 series of informances. John Lindberg is a New York based musician who was in the Bay Area on a temporary teaching stint at the California at Cal Arts. This informal discussion begins with Lindberg performing “Fiddlesticks,” a work that he has been part of his solo double bass repertoire for about 20 years...
Keywords: Improv:21; John Lindberg; Improvisation; Jazz; Double bass music; Interview; Music
|Improv 21: = Q + A: An Informance with John Zorn - ROVA:Arts|
Taking questions directly from the audience and extrapolating from there, composer, saxophonist, Tzadik record label owner, and MacArthur Fellow John Zorn, talks about his work and the avant-garde music scene as he sees it. Joined by moderator Larry Ochs of the ROVA Saxopone Quartet and percussionist William Winant, Zorn discusses a number of topics including the use of texts in musical compositions; the influence of Judaism on his music; the process of composing 300 tunes in a matter of months;...
Keywords: ROVA: Improv:21: Interview and Music; Avant-Garde; Free Improvisation; John Zorn
Downloads: 4,516 (1 review)
|Improv:21: Wayne Horvitz: Approaching Training and Musical Heritage in Improvisation and Composition - ROVA:arts|
Derk Richardson interviews composer and keyboardist Wayne Horvitz, recorded at the Red Poppy Art House in San Francisco on April 15, 2009, as part of the ROVA:Arts Improv 21 series of informances. Horvitz, who is as well known for his classical styled compositions as for his experimental jazz and avant-garde rock performances, discusses the social context of a variety of performance practices. He makes an eloquent argument for breaking down, or at least ignoring, the barriers between jazz and cl...
Keywords: Imrpov:21; Wayne Horvitz; Improvisation; Interview; Music; 20th Century Classical